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Dining table


Object number

RIF416

Maker

Maker John Townsend, American, 1732–1809

Dimensions

Open: 71.76 x 255.27 x 124.46 cm (28 1/4 x 100 1/2 x 49 in.)

Date

1797

Current location

The Rhode Island Historical Society

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); chestnut, maple, and white pine (secondary); mahogany veneer; lightwood inlay

Marks

"MADE BY / J[O]HN TO[WN]SEND, / NEWPORT," in ink, printed on paper label, and "179[7?]," in ink, written on lower right of paper label, glued to outside center of one end of back rail

Inscriptions

"Mrs.Wood / corner of Court & Washington Street / [?]," in ink, on square piece of paper nailed to rail at left of label; "Rev H. Stanley [?]; [?]AH Dodge / Georgetown / D.C.," in black paint, on underside of top of same end section

Style

Hepplewhite, Federal

Provenance

Mrs. John Wood (née Rebecca Wickham Crooke, baptized 1771) and Major John Wood (1770–1816), Newport, Rhode Island; by descent to Reverend H. Stanley, Washington, D.C., before 1961; Israel Sack, Inc., New York, 1961; sold to the Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence, 1967

Associated names

Major John Wood
Rebecca Wickham Crooke
Reverend H. Stanley
Israel Sack, Inc.

See also


Bibliography

American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1989), vol. 1, p. 176, no. 460, ill.
"Israel Sack, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 79, no. 5 (June 1961): 500.
Joseph K. Ott, The John Brown House Loan Exhibition of Rhode Island Furniture, exh. cat. (Providence: The Rhode Island Historical Society, 1965), 66–67, 166, no. 47, ill.
Ruth Davidson, "Museum Accessions: American Furniture," Antiques 94, no. 1 (July 1968): 50.
"Rhode Island History," Rhode Island History 27, no. 1 (1968): 14–15, fig. 1.
Michael Moses and Liza Moses, "Authenticating John Townsend's Later Tables," Antiques 119, no. 5 (May 1981): 1156, fig. 7–7a.
Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 69, 108, fig. 3.20–3.20a.
Morrison H. Heckscher, John Townsend: Newport Cabinetmaker, exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2005), 174–75, no. 44, ill.
Lori Zabar, "Picturing John Townsend's Clients," Antiques and Fine Art 6, no. 2 (Summer 2005): 146–147, fig. 9.